3 ECTS credits
90 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 6001617FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

Semester
1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Impossible
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Yes
Enrollment Requirements
Volgtijdelijkheid: De student is ingeschreven in de Master in de Rechten en heeft reeds 20 studiepunten van de opleiding Master in de Rechten verworven. Hiernaast is de student tevens ingeschreven voor alle studiedelen uit de lijst ‘Juridische studiedelen: verdiepend I’ en de lijst ‘Juridische studiedelen: verdiepend II’, of de student is ingeschreven in de Master na Master Internationaal en Europees Recht, of de student is ingeschreven in de Master na Master Sociaal Recht, of de student is ingeschreven in de Master Criminologie, of de student is ingeschreven in de Master na Master International and European Law.
Taught in
English
Faculty
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Department
International and European Law
Educational team
Servatius VAN THIEL (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
26 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

The course starts from the emerging global consensus, since the end of the cold war, that existing and emerging international law and global governance structures can and should be used to steer the globalisation process towards the achievement of the economic, social and environmental objectives inherent in the concept sustainable development. A brief introductory part will discuss basic concepts (globalisation, global governance, emerging consensus on sustainable development) as well as preconditions for sustainable development (peace and security; respect for the rule of law and human rights; participatory decision-making).
Subsequently, the course will address the question how relevant international law and organisations deal with:
• the main economic concerns of globalisation (Millennium Goals and the need for poverty eradication, provision of basic needs, and economic development, assessment of IMF/World Bank policies and the Washingtonian consensus, assessment of the WTO body of trade law and the Doha Development Round, question of international investment and technology flows and the role of UNCTAD and of guidelines for TNC);
• the main social concerns of globalisation (1995 Copenhagen World Summit, employment and labour standards and the ILO's decent work strategy, public health and the WHO, humanitarian relief to refugees and asylum and UNHCR/Red Cross, education and information society and ITU/WSIS);
• the environmental concerns of globalisation (increasing awareness from 1972 Stockholm via 1992 Rio,  2002 Johannesburg and 2012 Rio to increased effectiveness of multilateral environmental agreements in particular those on Climate Change and Biodiversity; role of the Commission on sustainable development and UNEP,).
Towards the end, the course will seek to draw a number of overall conclusions on the effectiveness of existing global governance structures and to formulate concrete recommendations.

Course material
Course text (Required) : Materials + readers edited by Prof. S. Van Thiel
Course text (Recommended) : Books and articles are available in the VUB Library
Additional info
This course will only be given in English Documents and readings from books and articles are distributed to the students.
Materials + readers edited by Prof. S. Van Thiel

Complementary study material:
Books and articles are available in the VUB Library
Learning Outcomes

General competencies

Brief description of the objectives, content of the Master Programme component and interpretation of educational forms:

The course aims at providing students with sufficient knowledge and insight in the main economic, social and environmental challenges arising from globalisation and in the key international governance strutures dealing with these challenges. Students are expected to be able at the end of the course to independently evaluate the question whether existing international governance structures are capable of effectively responding to globalisation challenges. They must be able to work together in a small team on a coherent joint analysis of a globalisation challenge showing capacity to independently analyse and evalute challenges and responses and to formulate solutions that are workable in an international context. Topics must be chosen among those commonly dealt with by international practitioners in the private sector (civil society) and in the public sector (government officials dealing with international organisations).

Grading

The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
LEC Paper determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the LEC Paper category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Joint Research Paper with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: Students are requested to form teams (of maximum 4) around a topic of their choice and to produce a Joint Research Paper (in English)

Additional info regarding evaluation
Students are requested to form teams (of maximum 4) around a topic of their choice and to produce a Joint Research Paper (in English) that clearly identifies and describes a particular globalisation challenge, analyses and evaluates the relevant action undertaken by the competent global governance structures to address the challenge, and formulate recommendations for further action.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Laws in International and European Law: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Laws in International and European Law: Standaard traject